Braganza cracks state competition
STEPPING out to compete at a state competition for the first time can be unnerving, but the experience didn’t daunt Gympie Gymnastics Club member Jared Braganza.
Braganza travelled to Brisbane early last month to compete in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics State Championships and returned with a bronze medal.
Braganza secured his medal in the Level 5 floor exercise. Adding to the success was a solid finish of sixth in rings.
The Gympie gymnast was pleased with the quality of his performance at his first ever state competition appearance.
“I was a bit nervous because I had never competed at state level before, but I managed to overcome it,” he said.
“I just focused on my routines and tried not to take in too much of what was going on around me (in the venue).”
In addition to tackling Queensland’s best emerging gymnastic talent, Braganza also gained valuable experience competing on floor, vault, rings, pommel, parallel bars and high bars.
It was a gruelling schedule but the Gympie competitor relished the opportunity.
“Definitely competing at this level will help my development,” he said.
Ahead of the competition, Braganza prepared with a rigorous training schedule focusing on his routines and general strength training.
Coached by Adam Bowman, Braganza is starting to get an idea of where he wants to head in the sport.
“My next competition is at the Gold Coast in September and I just want to continue my improvement and gain experience.”